A Gold Select Journey
The Holy Land, the Holy People
The Rev. Darren Morgan
Maine Conference United Church of Christ
20-29 June 2019
$3,340 from Boston or New York
(other gateways are available, please call for more information)
A Survey of the Bible
including Israel and the West Bank
with contemporary studies
4 Day Elective
The Wonders of Jordan & Petra
Returning 3 July 2019
This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the New Testament and relate historical studies to contemporary dynamics in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The pilgrimage will include morning and evening fora on historical and contemporary themes and visits with indigenous people. You will learn about the work of the United Methodist Church in the Holy Land. You will visit church supported mission sites. You will meet and have conversations with Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews who are involved in various types of peacemaking work. This pilgrimage is designed to introduce particpants to the state of the art of biblical studies in the Holy Land. The learning process will be contextual and experiential. We will endeavor especially to examine the moral dimensions of biblical learning and teaching. We are particularly interested in understanding how biblical studies and the biblical faith relates to the context of the Holy Land.
Please see the attached syllabus for more details.
Day 1 Depart Boston or New York (other gateway cities are available).
Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv, transfer to Taybeh, touring as time permits, Overnight in Taybeh.
Day 3 1st Century House/House of the Parables
(Matt 2: 23, Luke 1: 26- 38), Nablus, Jacob's Well (Gen 33:18-19, John 4),
Jenin, Megiddo (Rev. 16:16, 1 Kings 9:15, 1 Kings 21), visit Mishmar ha Emek
(Lydia Eisenburg), Overnight in Galilee
Day 4 Nazareth (Lk. 4: 16-30), The Basilica of the Annunciation, Sisters of Nazareth Convent (koch tombs), Sepphoris, Overnight in Galilee
Day 5 boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Church of St.
Peter’s Primacy (John 21), Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Mk. 6:30-44), Mt. of the Beatitudes including walk (Luke 13: 10-21, Matt 5- 7, 11: 20- 24, Mark 4- 6, John 21), Wadi Hammam footpath, the Jordan River Valley, Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 6 Bethlehem, Old City walking tour, Church of the Nativity (Lk 2; Mt 2), Herodion, Shepherd’s Fields, Israeli settlement, Palestinian refugee camp
PM forum: Palestinian speaker, Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 7 Israel Museum, Second Temple Model, Shrine of the Book, Mt. of
Olives, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane
PM forum: Israeli speaker, Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 8 Old city walking tour, Western Wall, Temple Mount/Harem esh Sharif (if possible), Lithostratos, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mt. 27-28; John 20), PM forum: Israeli speaker, overnight in Bethlehem
Day 9 Masada, Qumran, The Dead Sea, New
Testament Jericho/Herod's Winter Palace, (Joshua 5-7, Judges 1: 27- 36), Baptismal
site—Qasr al Yehud (Mk. 1:1-12; Mt. 3: 1-4:17; Lk. 3: 1-22; 4: 1-13;
Jn. 1: 1-42), Wadi Qelt, Overnight Bethlehem
Day 10 Transfer to Airport, departure and return to USA.